Flash Paint/Skim Coat

Old 12-14-05, 03:26 PM
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Flash Paint/Skim Coat

On a container of spackle that I bought today, the label said "will not flash paint" and "do not use as skim coat." What do these two terms mean? Thanks.
Old 12-14-05, 05:26 PM
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I assume 'will not flash paint' means that it doesn't need priming, in other words won't show when painted without using primer. I wouldn't trust not priming - better to prime the repair and not have to worry.

Skim coating is when you apply a thin layer of mud over a large area. Spackling is not designed for this. It should only be used for minor repairs.

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